First phase of Karachi bus rapid transit system to be launched next month


KARACHI: Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan was informed on Friday that work on the first phase of the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) — Green Line and Orange Line — in Karachi would begin next month and be completed within one year.

Dr Ibad, who chaired a meeting at Governor House on transport projects in Karachi, was given a detailed briefing by the chief executive of the Karachi Infrastructure Development Board regarding the Green Line, Orange Line, Yellow Line and Blue Line projects of the BRTS.

The official said that the Green Line project — from Surjani Town to M.A. Jinnah Road — would be completed with an estimated cost of Rs16.85 billion to be funded by the federal government.

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Join Ram Subramanian’s genius #ProfileForPeace campaign

By Maryam Nasir

Ram Subramanian, an advertising filmmaker, started the #ProfileForPeace campaign. Two days in, the campaign has already attracted the likes of Vishal Dadlani, the Mumbai-based music director. Subramanian, tired of the media fumed growing hate politics between India and Pakistan decided to voice the opinions of the masses otherwise overlooked by political leaders and biased media outlets in both countries.

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To deny is to invite madness

By Ali Arqam

It is heartbreaking to see the worst of your nightmares come to reality. But as they say, “You learned to run from what you feel, and that’s why you have nightmares.”

It was 2011 when I visited Larkana with one of my more learned friends Dr Hidayat Ali Shah. The flags of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and that of Jiye Sindh Qaumi Mahaz (JSQM) could be seen hoisted over electric poles at Mir Murtaza Bhutto Chowk. However, the flag which was bigger and stood taller than both was that of the banned sectarian organization Sipah Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) rechristened as Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamat (ASWJ). The sight brought uneasiness to my mind replacing the warmth regarding the city known as the stronghold of one of the most significant political forces and the home of Bhuttos.

Being a resident of Karachi, I have witnessed violence with different facets, conflicting claims and turf wars. I can understand the symbolism attached to party flags, which serve the purpose of proclaiming influence and in some cases showcase the ability to inflict violence.

A few years back I posted a picture from a Karachi square on social media, in which the flag of ASWJ was prominent among a dozen MQM flags that were encircling it. An MQM lawmaker responded with an exclamatory remark: Elections!

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